Saturday, March 27, 2010

Avatar "Blues"

This post is the first post of my new weekly feature on what's in the news.  There's a whole world outside of this blog that I never talk about.  I am learning new things every day.  So I thought I'd share.  And give my appropriately witty or funny comments on the topic.

I fell in love with the movie Avatar and would have recommended it to anyone in a heart beat.  But now I'm not so sure because I don't want to make anybody depressed.  I read a news article recently about post-Avatar depression (and for the life of me cannot find it).  I found this older article instead.  Apparently, after watching Avatar, people became depressed that Pandora and the Na'vi aren't real and that they can't really visit Pandora.  I was drawn to James Cameron's beautiful, utopian world and was a little sad that I lived in this sucky one instead.  But the feeling quickly passed for me.  However, not everyone was so lucky.  Some people are so depressed that they are even suicidal.  There are forums out there for people experiencing post-Avatar depression.
(Like my picture?  It's Na'vi Tara.  Haha!)
Crazy as it sounds, I think I get it.  Movies nowadays are so realistic (and often go beyond the realm of reality) and can suck you into that fantasy.  I mean, don't we go to the movies to escape in a way?  That's why my favorite books are filled with fantasy and magic.  It's my escape.  In the same vein, it's understandable that some people don't know how to get back to reality.
I said that our world was sucky, but I don't really mean it.  I think people lose sight of what's good in this world and dwell on the bad.  But I am forever the optimist.  Sure, we don't run half-naked and barefoot in the forests, have the tree of souls, and ride on giant flying creatures.  But there's still a lot to appreciate in the world they do live.  Hopefully, those suffering from post-Avatar depression will see the light.
P.S. On a totally unrelated note, my hair was butchered today!  I am very unhappy with my haircut.  I usually have pretty sideswept bangs.  But the hair dresser chopped them off.  Now they are about half an inch above my eyebrows and totally uneven. Not only that, the rest of the cut isn't much better.  I look hideous and am tramatized!  I'm going to go put on hat and cry now.


Miss Mayhem said...

Sorry about your hair....can you sue your hairdresser?

I haven't seen avatar yet, I really want to! I am an optimist too, so this movie won't depress me!

-Miss Mayhem

Tara said...

Then you should definitely watch Avatar. It is sooo good.

Anonymous said...

cuz read a few articles like that too. cuz finds is hilarious and sad that there are people so disconnected with real hope that they think a fantasy land will make them happy. he also thinks they're all idiots cause they can actually go to south america and live among some indigenous jungle tribes if they really felt that way, but they'd probably get malaria and die within a few months. cuz also equates them with trekkies that wish they were spock. although, there have been instances when cuz wished he was sylar from heroes (sylar from season 1 and 2, not the whimppy sylar the show made him later on).

cuz just watched grand torino instead of studying 'measuring and creating value.' cus thinks tara and huz should definitely watch a crazy good movie.

Tara said...

Tara agrees with cuz's comment and questions whether those people would really want to live in a place like Pandora without computers, TV, cars...and apparently clothes. Tara wouldn't. Also, Tara would be freaked out if her braid is used for both sex and riding those flying creatures.

Tara would prefer to watch a crazy good movie rather than study measuring and creating value. Sounds boring.

Tina said...

Tina loves Navi Tara. Tina wants Tara to make a Navi Tina too. Tina also thinks the Avatar movie made our world look dull and colorless, so it's not surprising that people don't want to live in reality.

Laura said...

Laura agrees that she too wishes she was Spock because he's awesome. Laura pities people who are physically unable to do the vulcan solute. Laura also thinks avatar is over rated.

Laura said...

P.S. Laura friggin loves Navi Tara and her dreds.

Tara said...

Haha! Cuz got us all speaking in the third person!

Anonymous said...

I love the header redesign. It cracked me up when I saw it at work. I think you should go with that... Do "Clash of the Titan" sisters or "Twilight" sisters or "Glee" sisters. ;)

The "Glee" Sisters... I like.